Former Tottenham Hotspur striker, Darren Bent, has picked Inter Miami captain Lionel Messi as the player that deserves to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or.
Messi will compete with the likes of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
The winner of the award will be announced in October.
When asked who he feels deserved to win the top individual award, Bent simply picked Messi.
He described the World Cup winner as the greatest player he ever watched.
“He [Lionel Messi] has not been the best in the past 12 months but in the World Cup he carried his team to the World Cup final. He scored two in the final as well,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“The moment he lifted that World Cup he was always going to win that Ballon d’Or.”
He added, “He is [Lionel Messi] the greatest player of this era.
“There are arguments about players before but he is the greatest player I have ever watched.”
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